United Nations arms embargo on Iran

How will the world react? The Middle East Programs presents a series of global perspectives on how the world is approaching the October 2020 expiration of the UN arms embargo on Iran.

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Iran Initiative

Provides a balanced approach of engagement and containment for regional policy makers with unique perspectives and analysis on the ongoing challenges and opportunities facing Iran while promoting US interests, regional conflict resolution, and the well-being of the Iranian people.

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Fri, Jul 10, 2020

Nile Basin’s GERD dispute creates risks for Egypt, Sudan, and beyond

Competition for the Nile Basin’s freshwater has been growing markedly for three decades. In 2011, it intensified after Ethiopia started building the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

MENASource by Amal Kandeel

Ethiopia North Africa

Thu, Jul 9, 2020

Lebanon’s economic recovery plan will only repeat past failures

Decades of corruption, waste of public funds, and financial mismanagement have ruined Lebanon’s economy. Rather than create productive sectors, successive Lebanese governments have bet on high-end tourism, luxury real estate, and expatriate remittances to remain afloat since 1990.

MENASource by David Daoud and Paul Gadalla

Lebanon Middle East

Wed, Jul 8, 2020

The Syrian online war of narratives

Narrative in the Syrian Civil War acts as a front contested with unprecedented means over an unprecedented scale.

MENASource by Karl Nicolas Lindenlaub

Middle East Syria

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refugee resilience

Mon, Jul 13, 2020

Turkey’s Refugee Resilience: Expanding and Improving Solutions for the Economic Inclusion of Syrians in Turkey

Since 2014, Turkey has not only hosted the world’s largest refugee population but has also modeled a best practice for the global refugee policy discussion. Turkey’s experience on the key issues such as jobs and employment should be examined as lessons for both refugee hosting countries and donor countries alike.

Report by Bastien Revel

Conflict Crisis Management

Mon, Jul 13, 2020

The JCPOA: A bittersweet anniversary for Iran, the US and the wider world

The next US and Iranian governments will face many challenges, not least recovery from COVID-19 and economic recession.

IranSource by Barbara Slavin, Holly Dagres

Iran Middle East

Fri, Jul 10, 2020

Kroenig and Ashford discuss regime change, Hong Kong, and ‘Hamilton’ in Foreign Policy

In this biweekly Foreign Policy column, Matthew Kroenig and Emma Ashford discuss the crisis in Hong Kong and the effectiveness of regime change, using 'Hamilton' and its insights as a premise.

In the News by Atlantic Council

China Conflict

Fri, Jul 10, 2020

Nile Basin’s GERD dispute creates risks for Egypt, Sudan, and beyond

Competition for the Nile Basin’s freshwater has been growing markedly for three decades. In 2011, it intensified after Ethiopia started building the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

MENASource by Amal Kandeel

Ethiopia North Africa

Fri, Jul 10, 2020

A series of unusual events in Iran point to sabotage. How will Tehran respond?

A spate of explosions has struck highly secure and sensitive sites, as well as regular industrial locales, including factories and gas pipelines, and even a clinic in a fancy part of north Tehran.

IranSource by Borzou Daragahi

Iran Middle East

Thu, Jul 9, 2020

Experts dissect Iran regime’s disinformation campaign as COVID-19 worsens

How much Iran’s 84 million people actually know about events inside their own country is debatable, given Tehran’s heavy-handed censorship and a global disinformation campaign that blames all crises, including COVID-19, on foreigners and perceived enemies of the regime.

New Atlanticist by Larry Luxner

Coronavirus Disinformation

Thu, Jul 9, 2020

Lebanon’s economic recovery plan will only repeat past failures

Decades of corruption, waste of public funds, and financial mismanagement have ruined Lebanon’s economy. Rather than create productive sectors, successive Lebanese governments have bet on high-end tourism, luxury real estate, and expatriate remittances to remain afloat since 1990.

MENASource by David Daoud and Paul Gadalla

Lebanon Middle East
Demographic Dividends - Img

Thu, Jul 9, 2020

Past, present, and prospective: The demographic dividend opportunity in Arab youth

Over half of the population of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is under the age of 25. While often referred to as the “youth bulge” and seen as a challenge that needs to be dealt with, young people in the region have the potential to yield a “demographic dividend” that can present […]

Issue Brief by Nicole Goldin, PhD

Education Middle East

Wed, Jul 8, 2020

Libya’s future depends on constructive, not destructive, international involvement

Turkey’s strong support for Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj's UN-recognized administration, however, may have at least spared the country from falling into the wrong sphere of influence. But getting to a lasting peace in Libya will require the constructive involvement of all the actors who have a stake in Libya’s future.

TURKEYSource by Mehmet Öğütçü

Conflict Libya

Wed, Jul 8, 2020

The Syrian online war of narratives

Narrative in the Syrian Civil War acts as a front contested with unprecedented means over an unprecedented scale.

MENASource by Karl Nicolas Lindenlaub

Middle East Syria